Why didn’t Jesus get it?

Here’s an irony of all ironies. Jesus was killed by the people who were waiting for Him to come and save. They killed Him because He didn’t look or act like the Messiah of their theology. And since He didn’t agree with their theology, He was a blasphemer and had a demon. Never mind that He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead back to life, and fulfilled their Messianic prophecies.

One of the problems is, Jesus didn’t seem to understand His own Messianic program.

He was supposed to come and wipe out the Romans; instead, He came and wiped out their religious construct.

They were waiting for their Kingdom to come, but He said His Kingdom is within us.

When Jesus rode into the Eastern Gate on a donkey, they expected Him to turn right and overturn the Roman Garrison. Instead, He turned left and overturned the moneychanger’s tables.

He was supposed to come and kill all of Israel’s enemies and make them the greatest world power. Instead, He gave up His life, letting His enemies kill Him in the most humiliating way possible, and then let God raise Him up by His power.

Likewise, Jesus doesn’t behave the way we want Him to….

We want Him to get the “other guy” so we can watch with glee. But He comes and points His finger at our hypocritical heart.

We rail against sinners and overlook our own religious hypocrisies. Jesus railed against the religious hypocrisies and forgave sinners.

We want our enemies to get what’s coming to them; Jesus tells us to love our enemies and bless them.

We want to prove we have the “right” version of Christianity because of our Bible doctrines; Jesus says we’ll be known by our love for one another.

I don’t even think Jesus would pass our evangelism classes. He never told people to say a sinner’s prayer, never made sure they knew they were lost first, and never once used the Ten Commandments to corner them and push their nose in their sin.

Jesus had no respect for our atonement theories either. He often forgave their sins and said they were saved before they even asked, and before the cross, and without bloodshed! Doesn’t Jesus understand the plan of salvation? Of course, He didn’t go to Pharisee school, so no wonder His theology was all wrong.

Jesus made friends with sinners, ate and drank with them, and didn’t judge them once. The only people He judged were the people supposedly behaving themselves.

Why didn’t Jesus get it?

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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23 Responses to Why didn’t Jesus get it?

  1. Arkenaten says:

    In the gospels, the character, Jesus, was killed by the Romans for sedition.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Because the Jews convinced them that He was a threat to them, not based on what He actually did, but for the potential problems He would cause them. And even when Pilate wanted to release Him, saying He did nothing to warrant crucifixion, they demanded that he kill Him anyway.

      • Arkenaten says:

        Smile.
        Are you truly suggesting that Pilate was not aware of what the character was doing?
        You are sounding like one who is indoctrinated and quite naive, and you obviously know little about Pilate’s character.
        I suggest you read outside of your comfort zone.

        • Mel Wild says:

          I am stating what the Gospel accounts state. Certainly, if the Jews would not have had Him arrested and falsely charged, He would’ve eventually run up against the mandatory Imperial cult worship of Caesar, but that was not my point in this post.

        • Arkenaten says:

          Yes, but the gospels do not reflect the reality of Roman law and most certainly not the character of Pilate, so why would you write something that from a scholarly perspective is not a true reflection of what would have taken place had there been any historical veracity to the tale?

        • Mel Wild says:

          Again, not my point so irrelevant. I wasn’t talking about the Romans or Roman law. I was talking about the Jew’s attitude toward Jesus. We’ll just have to leave it at that.

        • Arkenaten says:

          So why didn’t the Jews just stone him to death as a blasphemer?

        • Mel Wild says:

          The pretext was Roman law. The reality was, they feared the people so they had the Romans do it.

          2 And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people. (Luke 22:2)

          30 They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.”
          31 Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.”
          Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” (John 18:30-31)

        • Arkenaten says:

          Feared the people?
          They had up to three years of his supposed ministry to accuse him and stone him to death. Yet they did nothing, until the biggest festival on the Jewish calendar?
          He raised Lazarus, yes?
          If this wasn’t proof enough for the Sanhedrin then what would the hell did the character have to do?
          And yet they did nothing.
          You are grasping at straws.
          You KNOW why the story plays out the way it does….
          As for the death sentence:
          Crikey… you really love to cherry pick do you not.
          Does the name Stephen ring any bells?

          Pilate could not have given a monkey’s uncle about the views of the Sanhedrin and one stupid ranting rabbi.
          He was recalled to Rome for wanton brutality. And you know this as well, don’t you?
          There were plenty ranting rabbis before and after.
          And there is no verifiable external evidence for the biblical character- And you know this as well.

          Just for once recognize that you are simply pushing a theological agenda.
          At least acknowledge this much honesty.

        • Mel Wild says:

          I know that you believe fringe academics like The Jesus Myth theories, which I think is a myth. And because of your atheistic agenda, I also know I need to put your future comments in moderation since you don’t care to make relevant comments on my posts.

  2. Arkenaten says:

    Here’s an irony of all ironies. Jesus was killed by the people who were waiting for Him to come and save. They killed Him because He didn’t look or act like the Messiah of their theology.

    Here’s your relevance, Mel.
    And once again, the it was the Romans who executed the character in the story because of Sedition.
    You really need to study your history a little more. Especially the history of the characters you write about.

    • Mel Wild says:

      20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. (Luke 24:20)

      22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death (Acts 2:22-23)

      36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)

      10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ (Acts 4:10-11)

      • Arkenaten says:

        Why do you quote Acts knowing full well this has almost no standing among genuine biblical scholars. It is fiction, Mel….[edited]

        • Mel Wild says:

          Okay, I had to shorten your reply because you’re going on again with your Jesus Myth agenda. Thanks for your opinion. I think we’ll end the conversation here. Believe or don’t believe whatever you want.

        • Arkenaten says:

          The data about Pilate is nothing to do with Jesus mythology, neither the data about Barabbas.
          Why are you afraid to let others read this?

        • Mel Wild says:

          “Why are you afraid to let others read this?”
          Haha…that’s your hope, right?

          I will respond to this one more time. When I say “Jesus Myth,” I also lump all the other historical criticism people like the historical Jesus, historicity of Acts, et all. The point is, what you call “facts” and “fiction” are highly debatable and unprovable. Many of these historicity arguments have been deemed by honest scholars as “exaggerated hypercriticism.” If you were honest, you would admit that.

          Scholar and Theologian Walter Wink aptly concluded that historical criticism is bankrupt. While Wink held it necessary that the historical-critical method continue in biblical studies (a return to fundamentalist assumptions is impossible), “Biblical criticism “was based on an inadequate method, married to a false objectivism, subjected to uncontrolled technologism, [and] separated from a vital community; [it] has outlived its usefulness as presently practiced.”
          Source: Walter Wink, The Bible in Human Transformations: Toward a New Paradigm for Biblical Study (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1973).

          So, I’m sure you will choose to believe your “facts,” I will choose to believe mine. We will just have to leave it at that.

        • Mel, I came to check out your site after you liked a post on mine, but I found myself entertained as I read the exchanges between you and the beloved Ark. I haven’t seen him around in a while, so now I know where to go when I’m bored – at least as long as you allow him to comment 😉

        • Mel Wild says:

          Thanks for checking out my site, Anthony. Right now, Ark is moderated here because he keeps pushing his agenda making irrelevant comments about his Jesus is a myth stuff. But I may do a post about my experiences with atheists in the near future. I’m sure I’ll get some responses from that. 🙂

  3. Cindy Powell says:

    “We want to prove we have the “right” version of Christianity because of our Bible doctrines; Jesus says we’ll be known by our love for one another.” Yes. This. Another great one-sentence summation. I, for one, am really glad He didn’t “get it” and showed us we don’t have to either 🙂 And by the way, for what’s it’s worth, I think you showed incredible patience in the dialogue (diatribe?) above. Honest dialogue is one thing, but that clearly is not what “Arkenaten” is interested in. I’m sure he’d love this, but I mean it sincerely– I’m praying for him. Blessings to you!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks Cindy. I’m sure glad He didn’t get it either! Yay God!

      As far as Arkenaten, I generally try to let people comment on this blog unmoderated, as long as they’re gracious about it and stay relevant to my post.
      And I’m certainly not afraid of critical thinking on this site! Sheesh! As you know, I’ve been as hard on some Christian Fundamentalist dogma as most atheists! I’ve also spent time dialoging with a few, to honestly understand why they don’t believe, especially those who tell me they were once Christians. Many are gracious, some are not (just like Christians!). I’ve also talked about their position here on this blog. For instance, quoting Neil Carter (“Godless in Dixie”) and linking one of his videos in a post. He was very gracious in his response. I actually agree with some of their objections to traditional Christian dogma, and I have a lot of respect for them.
      But, as you alluded, there’s a big difference between faithful questioning and honest disagreement and just trying to force your vitriolic agenda on Christian-based sites. And when they won’t stop, I have to draw the line. I do wish him the best.

      And blessings to you, too! You are always an encouragement to me. 🙂

      • Cindy Powell says:

        I remember that video! It was really insightful. Very different vibe 😉 But, as you point out, just about every perspective under the sun has its gracious–and not-so-gracious–representatives. Always hoping to stay on the “gracious” side when it comes to representing Him. Sometimes I even succeed, lol.

  4. dcummuta says:

    Reblogged this on The Life of Living Above.

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